Thursday, October 22, 2020

Our Rottweiler -- Ace, Shows Aggressive Behaviors Towards Our Gardener and Plumbers (Email Query From Dog Owners)

Email Query From Dog Owners

Question by Mike Murray, Location:- Redmond, Washington

I have read many articles in the Internet about dog aggression and how to handle aggression in dogs. Nothing worked well.  I hope you might have a few ideas for me.

I live on a 85 acre large farm in the Seattle, Washington area.  Our Rottweiler -- Ace -- is 22 months old, male and neutered.  He was born in Russia and we got him from a breeder who has been in the business for over 25 years.

Ace is very loyal, calm, obedient, happy, playful and submissive, and very friendly for me and my family. We go on walks through a forest (on our property) every day that I'm in town.  We play together and socialize a lot.

Unfortunately I'm required to be out of town every Tuesday - Thursday.  My wife travels with me.  Our housekeeper and her husband stay in our home when we travel.  Ace knows them well and is comfortable with them.

But when other people come into our farm property -- to mow the lawn, plant flowers, fix a plumbing problem, or deliver a package, Ace becomes aggressive.  And its getting progressively worse.  Many people are now afraid to get out of their cars.  My long-time lawn care man now carries a 2 foot wooden stick at all times, in case he needs to whack Ace.

If someone is carrying a rake or hoe or something like that and they turn towards Ace with the hoe facing Ace, he goes crazy and acts like he's going to attack.

I hired a dog trainer and Ace bit her on the first day (I was not present). But the day before the training, I introduced Ace to the trainer and he was sweet and docile.

When I'm with Ace, I never see this behavior.  He knows that I'm the Alpha.  But when I'm not around, he cannot be trusted.

What do you suggest?

Also -- I'm 56 years old.  I've had about 10 dogs in my life.  We currently have Ace and an 11 year old American Eskimo.

Response to Mike's mail


Thank you so very much Mike for adding value to our site. We are honored that you have liked our website.


You are lucky that you've got a good dog! Ace has behavior problem, indeed. This can be resolved, which obviously cannot happen in a fortnight. Males are more territorial and this is quite normal. However, territoriality is very common in the breed you have - Rottie. A certain degree of aggression is also normal with Ace, due to his territoriality. The problem is that Ace seems to be little more aggressive than desired and has attacking tendencies. Over aggression is a deviation from the standard behavior of any dog - regardless of breed. We assume that his bloodline doesn't have any history of overly aggressive behavior in any specimen. By this we mean his undesirable behavior is not driven by genetics.


When other people enter your/ Ace's premises, Ace assumes it to be his duty to play the role of a protective guard, which is by instinct and is nothing wrong - rather quite appreciable! The problem is, Ace doesn't know who to allow into his property. It is important that you should teach Ace who are required to be greeted well. 


Instead of calling the plumber and gardener, only when they are needed (once in a while), we suggest you to invite them more frequently in your house as your guests. When they will come for the first time Ace will naturally behave the way he usually does. Keep him on leash (short leash) and boss him as soon as he starts behaving undesirably with them. Give him a slight and firm jolt with firm command - 'NO' instantly, each time Ace behaves undesirably. Ask your guests to overlook his aggression and not getting scared. Help your guest to trust you and on your ability to control Ace on leash. Talk to them normally, and they should not be scared of Ace. Spend time with them interior, having some kind of snacks together. Remember, Ace is NOT the right candidate to get any treat from the table at this time. Keep Ace on the leash hold tightly.  Spend time together.


Your guests will have to move out now... this is the second phase when Ace will exhibit problem behavior again. Hold him tight and give him a jolt saying 'NO' as soon as Ace stands, seeing your guests walking out. It is important to walk with your guests in your garden with Ace held with the other hand. It is suggested to keep your guests and Ace on your different sides. Keep him in short leash - ALWAYS. Walk together, and help your guests to intelligently ignore Ace's behavior and discourage him firmly to do that are not desirable.


This process has to be repeated multiple times and frequently before you can ask your guests (plumber and the garden man) to hold Ace's leash. Everything should be under strict supervision. Remember, the most important thing is to drive out the fear from your guests mind. Each time they are scared of Ace they secret fear hormone. Ace is smart enough to smell fear via the hormone secreted. This may sound weird, but this is a fact. Moreover, Ace very smart to sense fear in your guests by reading their body language. All dogs can read human emotions - working breeds like Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Dobermans etc. are a lot more masterful in this than many other canine breeds. Ignoring Ace's aggression and not getting scared will fix this problem slowly.


I had the similar problem with Rex. Later I could keep Rex and my garden guys in a closed room :) It took me months to fix this problem.           


This is more like a joint venture... you need cooperation of your plumbers and gardeners to socialize Ace. Also you need to cooperate with them (guests) in make them feel at ease.  


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I have heard a lot about BARF, But I am Afraid - Dimitris (Email Query From Dog Owners)

 Email Query From Dog Owners

Question by Dimitris Riganezis, Civil Engineer, Location:- Athens, Greece

Hellow from Athens, Greece!

I will be a happy owner of a GSD in three months and thanks to your wonderful website i have plenty of useful information for me to prepare my self as better as i can! What i want to ask is about nutrition of my dog! I have heard a lot about BARF and comparisons with dry food! Although BARF seems to be the best nutrition way I am afraid that for inexperienced owners some crucial elements might be missed!

I want to ask if i feed my dog with a super premium dry food can I supplement raw food (mostly raw meat and bones) lets say two-three times a week? Can i do this from the beginning or is it better that the dog reaches some months of age?

Thanks a lot in advance and keep up the good work! It is very important what you do for us dog owners.


Response to Dimitris' mail

Thank you so very much Dimitris for adding value to our site. We are honored that you have liked our website.


BARF is good obviously and the one of the most renowned canine nutritionists, Maggie Rhines who have shared her valuable knowledge with our readers on "Welcome Dog Lovers Blog". Hope you have already checked out her suggestions on raw dog food diet and Prey Model vs. BARF Diets



Food and nutrition are amongst the most crucial factor of concern that every dog owners should spare serious thought over. Commercial food is good but not always. It is important that you should choose the right brand and correct type of food for your puppy. We have chosen not to mention any specific brand. Your vet is the right person to recommend you about that. Insofar the type of food is concerned we would recommend the ones that are fit for puppy; not for the adult dogs. We would recommend you to get the "super premium dog food", as you mentioned in your question. This way you can supplement raw food.



Another most important thing is to avoid offering very high protein. Remember, fast growing puppies get exposed to the risk of certain health conditions - especially Anatomic Diseases. Researches have shown that very high protein diet can catalyze development of Wobbler Syndrome in many canine breeds, including German Shepherds. Excessively proteinous diet can lead to conditions like Pano in GSD

Related Read on Aringsburg's GSD Blog: Panosteitis (Pano) or Long Bone Disease in GSD

 Home made food are also good. We suggest you to give him green. Veggies have great nutritional benefits. Fruits are also important. Whether you give your puppy commercial food or want to keep him on BARF diet, fruits and vegetables are important. Please follow a holistic feeding strategy for your Dog.

More Related Reads:


Cautionary Measures for Raw Dog Food

Dogs Food Philosophy - BARF vs Non-BARF

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Stephanie's Friend's Girl Dog was Diagnosed with Pyometra (Email Query From Dog Owners)

Email Query From Dog Owners

 Question contributed by Stephanie Clifton, UK, London

One of the female GSDs with my friend has been diagnosed with Pyometra, when she was taken to the vet due to odd discharge. Can you provide me with the information about the condition and what causes this?

Response to Stephanie's mail

Thank you Stephanie. We are honored to have your name displayed on this page of frequently asked questions about dogs, as a contributor to the growth of this website. 

Pyometra is a uterine disorders in dogs (irrespective of breed). The abnormal uterus of the dog gets infected, and in worst scenario it accumulates pus. Pyometra is actually a chronic ailment in female dogs, although it may appear acute. Pyometra usually develops slowly over a long span of time, without showing any clinical evidences.

Symptoms - First stage: Development of cystic endometrial hyperplasia (CEH), which is an abnormality of the uterine lining of the dog. With the repeated heat cycle this abnormality gets worsen, and becomes noticeable until the condition deteriorates to a great extent.   

Cause that worsens the condition: Once the uterus gets infected, it gets more infected easily. Normally the dog's vagina is not sterile, and the cervix that connects the vigina and uterus remains closed in normal situation. The cervix gets opened when the female is in heat. This allows bacteria (commonly E.coli) to move into the uterine region from the vigina. After heat period is over, the cervix closes up and bacteria gets trapped within the uterus, which worsen up the uterine infection.

Age: Female dogs of and over 5-6 years of age are prone to Pyometra

Clinical Symptoms: On maturity the symptoms of pyometra includes depression, lack of appetite, occasional vomiting, and heavy water intake, frequent urination and discharge of pus through vaginal passage. Quite often in older females the fluid becomes purulent even without bacteria being found on testing.

Cure: Most vets recommend ovariohysterectomy as the best treatment for canine pyometra. Vets will suggest the best antibiotics to treat canine pyometra

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dog Afraid of Doorbell and Other Sounds (Email Query From Dog Owners)

Email Query From Dog Owners

(Question by Rebacca, Location:- Priorslee, Telford)

Hello my name is Rebacca from Priorslee, Telford. I have a pure breed German Shepherd, Rox, – 4 years old. We got Rox from a local breeder when he was approximately 8 weeks old. We have always kept him on proper play, quality food and lots of love. Rox is a great companion and has good level of intelligence. All we are concerned about him is that he shows fearful behavior to the sounds of door bell. 

We have replaced the doorbell with a better sounding one, but the condition for Rox remained all unchanged. Is there any way we can help Rox get better with the doorbell sounds? However we have tried in as many ways as possible, but failed. The doorbell has become big issue for him.


Response to Rebecca's mail

Dear Rebecca, thanks for mailing us your problem.

Rox’s problem is common, if not heard of too frequently. This is a common problem for many dog owners. While some owners seem to be concerned about their dogs being afraid of sounds of doorbells, cell phone and telephone rings, others look for tips to desensitizing their dogs to sounds of vacuum cleaners, hairdryers and honking horns.

Socialization comes to play its role here.

Rox needs to be conditioned to the sounds of doorbells. The aim is to establishing a favorable association between the particular sounds with some sort of positive experiences.

The process involves two sets of tasks

1. Creating a healthy, stable and positive state of mind in Rox

2. Introducing the doorbell sound when Rox is in absolutely good state of mind

A positive state of mind can be established with some activities that Rox likes. It should be some kind of indoor play that Rox like. With outdoor activities the doorbell sounds will be hard to be conditioned. The best methods may be running your dog up and down stairs, repeatedly hiding his bones or toys and set him to search, or engaging him in a fun filled game of fetch and keep away. A laser pointer can be a mind blowing tool in this session. Shine the laser pointer on the floor and toss the light pointer from side to side or back and forth and engage Rox in chasing the light point. Remember: pointing the laser beam into the eye will cause permanent ocular damage. So be careful.

Once your dog is completely engrossed in his play (which means once he is in perfect state of mind) ask somebody to play the doorbell sound for one time only. When the doorbell sound is played do not stop the play until few more seconds, so it helps Rox to be in the same state of mind. Give him some rest if he tired and repeat it again. Next time play the sound twice or thrice with intervals in a single session. Repeat the cycle several times in a day and continue it until your dog establishes a positive link between sound and fun.

In the first couple of sessions Rox may break out from his positive state of mind and try to move away from the situation. Do not lose hope and stop. Be assertive. A positive and strong behavior displayed by his pack leader (You) will help him to gain positive energy. Repetitions must be continued.

Rewarding is necessary, but at the right time

As soon as Rox starts showing assertive and non-fearing behavior, you know that it’s the time to be rewarded. Until then ‘NO REWARDS’. Pat him with assertive and positive behavior and praise him lavishly with couple of positive words as rewards. Take him to the door step and open the door.

The last and the most important part…

Gradually take out the play. In the first few sessions the play should be continued for some moments - say, a couple of minutes, after the sound. Gradually decrease the time of play after the sound. After a few days of sessions, try stopping the play on the sound of the bell. Continue with the reward session every time your dog shows desirable behavior with positive state of mind..

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Modern Dogs May Have Originated From Primitive Canids From Altai - Not From Wolves

A Deviation From Widely Known Information: Probably Primitive Wolves Are Not The Ancestors of Our Modern Dogs

The DNA analysis affirms that the Canidae from Altai was a primitive and one of the oldest ancestor of dogs. DNA was collected from a right lower lateral incisor and a mandibular bone fragment from the dog-like canid

Fact be revealed at the very outset! Clear and unambiguous phylogenetic reconstructions of the evolutionary process of today's dogs cannot be laid with perfection because incidences of hybridization within the genus Canis has disturbed the evolutionary flow to a great extent. This eventually lead to an unresolved trees. Hence, the perfect interpretation of branch support values on phylogenetic trees of the evolution of contemporary dogs may not possible. However, researchers have ascertained that today's dogs had very close relation with a dog-like canids from Altai, contrary to the popular belief that dogs have descended from Pleistocene wolves.

There has been a lot of controversies related to the origin of the modern domestic dogs. Findings from the advanced genetic research indicated that the modern dogs that we domesticate today have no relation with wolves of Late Pleistocene age. Some fossils of ancient creatures somewhat like dog were found even prior to the * Last Glacial Maximum. It was, thereafter globally accepted that the dog domestication had started even prior to agriculture about 10,000 years ago.

While evaluating the genetic relationship of one of the oldest dogs, the researchers have isolated ancient DNA from the recently described putative 33,000-year old dog of Pleistocene age from Altai. They analyzed 413 nucleotides of the mitochondrial control region, and came to a conclusion that the unique haplotype of the Altai dog is more closely related to our modern dogs than it is to contemporary wolves.

In the year 1975 Dr Nikolai D Ovodov conducted the first paleontological survey, when complete skull and mandibles of a dog-like creature were discovered. the fossile was found in a cave called Razboinichya in southern Siberia, Russia. The Razboinichya cave was discovered in the year 1962 in the northwestern zone of the Altai Mountains.

* Note: The Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) was the last period in the history of Earth's climate. This was a period when ice sheets were at their greatest extension and the period was approximately between 26,500 and 19,000–20,000 years ago. This was the peak of the last glacial period.

The discovery of a 33,000-year-old fossil tooth in southern Siberia opened up a new chapter about the age of dog-human relationship. This was the fossil of one of the oldest known ancestor of the dogs that we see today, said the researchers, who named the animal 'Altai Dog' - named after the mountain where the discovery was made. The study was made by a group of scientists led by Anna Druzhkova from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Russian Federation.

According to the researchers 'Altai dogs' have been found to have more close resemblance with the contemporary dogs and prehistoric canidae found in the American continents than it has with the wolves. The finding shows that the dog-human relationship could be as old as around 33,000 years, which means human used to domesticate dog even 33,000 years ago.

The skull of a dog-like canid found in a cave in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia

(Image: © Ovodov ND, Crockford SJ, Kuzmin YV, Higham TFG, Hodgins GWL, et al. (2011) A 33,000-Year-Old Incipient Dog from the Altai Mountains of Siberia: Evidence of the Earliest Domestication Disrupted by the Last Glacial Maximum. PLoS ONE 6(7): e22821. doi:10.137)

Documentations have shown that human and dogs had been buried together in Germany around 14,000 years ago. This has gone a long way to prove that dog-human relationship is quite old. However, advanced genetic studies have shown that the act of domesticating dogs was originated in China and the Middle East, as reported by LiveScience.

The study of Anna Druzhkova and the team was published Jyoti Madhusoodanan in the journal PLOS ONE in 6 March, 2013. The study was made by the critically analyzing of "DNA extracted right lower lateral incisor and a mandibular bone fragment" from the fossil of dog-like animal that used to live in southern Siberia. The genetic sequences of the the Altai specimen was compared with those of 72 modern dogs picked from 70 different canine breeds, 30 wolves, 4 coyotes and 35 prehistoric canid species from the Americas. The study on the new Siberian fossil revealed that it was one of the oldest known domestic dogs that was more related to the the dogs of today that the wolves.

The 'Altai Dog', as the researchers named it, used to be domesticated, which means the origin of the domestication of dogs would be pushed further back and the widely popular belief of domestic dogs evolving from the grey wolf has been seriously debated.

Scientists say, "Pleistocene wolves from the Razboinichya cave are not closely related to the specimen studied here.... more data of prehistoric wolves from the same region are needed to estimate the population diversity and obtain a more comprehensive picture of genetic relationships of Altai canids"

In 1975, the researchers excavated the skull of dog-like canid that existed on the Earth some 33,000 calender years ago. the excavation was carried out in Razboinichya Cave, located in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia. Dr. N.D. Ovodov, co-author and member of Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography SB RAS, stated that the team had extracted DNA from a right lower lateral incisor and a mandibular bone fragment from the fossils of canid, by rigorously following the all stringent criteria of extraction that are mandatory to prove the authenticity of ancient DNA.

Outcome of the Research:

Dr N.D. Ovodov said, "We obtained mitochondrial DNA control region sequences from both the tooth and mandible of the 33,000 cy old putative dog specimen from Altai and found them to be identical. In order to evaluate the genetic relationship of the Altai specimen to any known dog/wolf specimen, we performed several analyses." Sir Ovodov said that the outcome of their research revealed 99% similarity (but no perfect match) to any dog that we know of today.

The team of scientists also took another step forward and compared the mitochondrial DNA control region sequences of the dog-like canid with those of the Pleistocene wolves from the Razboinichya cave. Dr. Ovodov said, "Pleistocene wolves from the Razboinichya cave are not closely related to the specimen studied here".

Reproduced from the articles written by:

Anna S. Druzhkova, Vladimir A. Trifonov, Nadezhda V. Vorobieva, Alexander S. Graphodatsky

Department of Genomic Diversity and Evolution, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia

Olaf Thalmann

Division of Genetics and Physiology, Department of Biology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland

Jennifer A. Leonard

Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics Group, Estación Biológica de Doñana (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Seville, Spain

Nikolai D. Ovodov

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia

Robert K. Wayne

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Can Dogs Give and Take Coronavirus Covid 19 To and From You?

This is a pertinent question that many dog owners are having at this stage when the world is loosing before Coronavirus. Social media channels - especially Facebook and Twitter have been noticed to be over flooded with misconceptions.

Fact be revealed here.

A German shepherd dog from the Pok Fu Lam area in Hong Kong have been detected positive with Covid 19 and quarantined on Thursday, March 19, 2020 followed by the owner being infected. This news has been confirmed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in a statement. However, the GSD wasn't quarantined alone. His pack mate - a mixed-breed dog has also been quarantined along with, although the mixed-breed wasn't diagnosed with corona. According to AFCD neither of the canines did show the obvious symptoms of Covid 19.

Even before this, there was another news of a 17 years old Pomeranian (owned by a 60 years old lady) that expired on Monday, March 16, soon after the dog was released, being cured on Sunday, March 8, 2020. This geriatric canine was tested by AFCD on Feb 26, 2020 and was detected positive with Covid 19 (though mild). AFCD quarantined the pom for 14 days. Subsequent blood tests done by AFCD revealed that the pom's immune system was not responding well enough, when the department said: “The negative result indicates that there is not a strong immune response and that there are not measurable amounts of antibodies in the blood at this stage.

The news of the Pomeranian's sad demise after getting release from the quarantine turned the world dog lovers community speechless, although many animals welfare organizations concluded that the death of the dog was due to the severe stress when quarantined.

So, one thing is very evident - Dogs can get Covid 19. Now the question is if dogs can spread corona virus - Covid 19.

A new veterinary test system for Covid 19 has been set up, where canine and feline specimens have been scientifically evaluated. According to the experts Covid 19 virus gets transmitted from humans to humans via oral and nasal pathway. The World Organization of Animal Health (France) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (America) have both said that there is no evidence that companion pets can spread this virus. However, this doesn't give a confirmation that pets cannot spread Covid 19.

It is important to understand that the planet is still in the learning stage with Corona (Covid 19) virus, and nothing can be guaranteed at this point of time. Researchers are uncertain and reports data are confusing.

Meanwhile, something noticeably more interesting happened! According to scientists, the Covid 19 that had originated in Wuhan has undergone mutation. This means the original coronavirus that originated in Wuhan has altered its characteristics and now has new abilities. In this related context CSIRO's professor Trevor Drew said, "This virus belongs to a group of viruses that exist not as a single virus but as a cloud of subtly different ones and if it finds a new niche to occupy, it will do that and slowly get better at replicating in the new host or alternatively it might die out."

Therefore, today's finding that dogs and cats can be carrier of corona covid 19 virus, but may not be source of transmission to humans, may prove to be false in the coming days because of the changing nature of the virus due to mutation.

Kai Kupferschmidt - the contributing correspondent for Science Magazine in his post - Mutations can reveal how the coronavirus moves, published in ScienceMag has given a bit of understanding of this. Kari stated, "although China accounts for 80% of all COVID-19 cases, only one-third of the published genomes are from China — and very few of them are from later cases. And because it’s early in the outbreak, most genomes are still very similar, which makes it hard to draw conclusions."

In the same line, associate Professor at the Biozentrum, University of Basel stated: "We just have this handful of mutations, which makes these groupings so ambiguous... As the outbreak unfolds, we expect to see more and more diversity and more clearly distinct lineages... and then it will become easier and easier to actually put things together."

Hence the reality is, no doctors are in a position to guarantee that pets cannot spread Covid 19, although so far there is no official evidence. However, there's definitely a clear evidence that pets can get Covid 19.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Some Very Important Suggestions for Effective Puppy Training

Providing obedience-training is one of the most important parts of sensible dog-raising and it shapes and balances the fine link between the canonical spirit and the human society, making both the aspects acceptable to each other. Sit on command training is a comparatively easy one to handle by both the dog and his owner. Sit on command is often taken as one of the primary steps towards training your dog about obedience, and acts as a base for the dog to develop and learn more advanced forms of obedient training.

Early start is suggested

The training makes your dog look good and admirable near the guests as this prohibits him from jumping on them to greet them. The best time to start sit command training is when your dog is still in his puppy-hood as that is the time when the lessons have a long-term effect on the dog's mind and life. So earlier the better! Therefore it is important for you to build a tight bond and trust with your puppy from the very beginning. A strong owner-dog bonding will help you build trust and confidence in him for you. Eventually he will start treating you as a leader.

Detaching distractions is suggested

To begin with, a small room (adequately airy and clean) should serve your training purpose. A small cozy closed space will help you detach your pup from any sort of distraction.  You can choose any time of the day to start this training. It is important to keep in mind the following factors while teaching your dog sit on command.

Patience and positive attitude is suggested

It is important that your puppy grows fondness, dependency and loyalty towards you, which again depends on how to treat him and how you instill lessons in his mind with positive reinforcement.
As an owner you should understand that puppies cannot be expected to stick to one kind of game for a long period of time and hence any training should not be an elongated process. There should be repetition as many number of times as possible with intermediary play and walk breaks one. An elongated session of teaching a particular trick will make the puppy feel confined and tired in the process. Make the process fun-filled with suggested breaks and praises to make the puppy enjoy the training. Patience and positive attitude is very important here.

Maintaining consistency in everything related is suggested

Very important... you should be very consistent and yet informal with the training, so that your dog does not take it as a burden and become lethargic. choice of command words must be consistent. If you choose the word "Down" to teach him to lie down, then NEVER use "Lie" or "Lie Down" for the same purpose. Consistency in choice of words and your action is the key to the success story! The most important thing to keep in mind as an owner is to make sure that your dog is understanding what you are asking him to do for you. If he is not understanding, then there's something that you need to fix at your end... there's no problem with the dog.

Helping in associating words with actions is suggested
Remember, your dog doesn't know human words! Use of a particular word, for example, 'Sit' will become a command, if and only if you can successfully help your puppy associate your word with the desired action. Dictionary meaning of a word doesn't matter with your dog. What matters is the association of sound of the word with the action you help him to associate with.

Reward based training is effective and suggested

It is important for the owner to help the dog relate action with the sound of a word and then use rewards to practice it. However, Reward based training process are misused by many trainers.

Reward Based Training is not always Positive Reinforcement Training, contrary to the popular belief. A "Reward" is a stimuli that is presented before the dog to initiate teaching good behavior. But a stimuli that stimulates a dog to initiate a bad behavior is thew on set of failure. Because often times, the trainers are not skilled enough to start the implement a Reward based training process. And consequently end up making the stimuli make the dog behave undesirably and then get punished as corrective measures... This entire process is unscientific and illogical.

However, many dog trainers, consider the Reward Based Training methods as unsuitable, because they think a reward is an opportunity for the dog to fail. They, instead, take "Reward" away from their training process and apply other approaches that they think better for the dog, because taking  away the reward is killing the opportunity for the dog's failure. A Positive Reinforcement is the reward based training when the scope doesn't exist for the dog to make mistake and get punished, but only get reward for desirable behavior and the negative behaviors is tactically ignored by the trainer.

Keeping a realistic expectation is suggested

Have realistic expectations from your dog, as he tends to take time to grasp your command and act accordingly. There's not one dog on this planet that cannot be trained. All dogs can be trained; They are Caninesteins! All you need is to have a realistic expectation from your dog. If you have enough Time, Patience, and Scientifically Backed Practical Knowledge then it is surely possible.

You cannot expect from an un-socialized dog to behave calm in front of other animals and strangers. That's not a realistic expectation. Once the dog is socialized you can apply corrective training methods to rectify his behavioral problems with yourself being patient and having positive attitude. This is realistic expectation.

Deter from punishing your puppy for slow or no progress, as dogs hardly has a sense of reason or time and hence tends to get baffled and confused when they are treated badly. This is the best conclusion I have come up with!   


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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Puppy Caring and Raising Tips For You

Frank Howard Clark, the famous screenwriter said it perfect... "A habit is something you can do without thinking - which is why most of us have so many of them." Dogs - irrespective of breed, type and size, are of no exception. Rather, they can exhibit more disciplined life by being in a set of particular habit and routine, provided the habits are not bad. Developing a habit falls much under the training activities, and the best way to start developing desirable habits is initiating a regular grooming session when he is just a few weeks old. If you are considering bringing home a puppy, CONGRATULATIONS!! With just a little planning bringing home your little fur-ball will open the door to years of love, fun and happiness.

After, bringing home your puppy, taking care of it becomes a full-time responsibility. So, you need to take care of it from the first day. Here are some very important puppy care tips you should consider. These puppy care tips for feeding, medication, vaccinations, socialization and building up good habits, are almost all the same for all pups - irrespective of breed, group and size.

Caring and raising a German Shepherd puppy are not something that demand a very different approach. Like any other breeds, GSD puppies should be fed well. Improper feeding may bring immense problem in German Shepherd puppies. Prior to weaning your German shepherd puppy, make sure he has obtain the utmost nutritional needs from his mother's milk. By the time you are picking the puppy make sure he has been totally weaned to solid foods, and that too of good quality.

Provide your GSD puppy a perfectly suitable environment is of utmost importance. The essential components that can make effective raising includes comfort, safety and amusement. Your puppy needs a comfortable bed to sleep, but more than that he should be provided with a space which he can consider his own. Keep him in a room with rough surface floor. Rough flooring is essential for your German Shepherd puppy. If you have slippery floor, make out a solution immediately before his legs or paws get deformed. Many GSD puppies are big time stone eater. They even consume mud and trash if they get a chance. Continuous perseverance and supervision may be a solution.

By nature they are very inquisitive and may get into things that are lying around him. This is quite common for puppies of all breed. Keeping harmful object out of his reach is important. Consider including lots of safe toys & things that can amused your puppy as they need attention.

Food plays the most important role during the first few months, because it is the time for the development of bones and muscles. Quality is preferred over quantity. Overfeeding can lead to anatomic problems like deformed pastern, and may even lead to serious issues related to hips and elbow. The best advice is to provide several feeds in small quantity, instead of two or three feeds in large amount.

If you experience loose or semi-muddy stools, poor coat quality, skin rashes, inadequate growth of bones and muscles, etc., with your puppy or if you have noticed other problem related to growth then chances are high that he is not getting the right kind and proportion of nutrients that he requires from it's current food or feeding style. Taking care of your puppy's health today is like a health insurance for him for tomorrow.

His first vaccination, first stepping outside, first visit to the park, first meeting with the other animals, first interaction with your friends, first experience of the thunder claps and so on are all very important part of puppy care and socialization. Socializing your pup is as important as quality food. Socializing your pup to different situations, sounds, strangers and other animals is the most important part of raising your pup. A reasonable amount of socializing will give your pup a healthy and stress-free life. Socialization should be aimed at helping your pup to understand new and varied situations, places and people, and help your pup to have a very favourable experiences with such things. Proper and strategic socialization will help your pup grow with confidence.

Maintaining hygiene is your responsibility. Always check his eyes, ears, feet and in between toes regularly is as important as providing him with best quality food, fresh water and pure love.

Often times I receive emails from my friends and readers that are related to giving their pups additional nutritional supplements. The last Sunday I got a call from one of my old buddy, who has adopted a GSD pup recently. He was wondering if he should give his pup any additional dose of minerals or vitamin supplements. If the pups is getting adequate amount of high quality diet there should not be any need for additional health supplement or vitamins. Growth should be fine if the pup is getting balanced diet.

Additional doses of minerals, vitamins and protein can have adverse impact on your pup's health. Excess amount of calcium and phosphate can do more harm than good... they can expose the pup to the risk of developmental bone diseases.

Excess of protein, vitamins and minerals hardly have any impact on the final adult size. The adult size is only dependant on the genes your pup is carrying.

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